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East Coast ports benefit by labor slowdown in the West

Losses for the West Coast ports have been a boon for their East Coast counterparts as labor strife has stymied growth due to diverted cargo and lost contacts.

Rogue Valley farmer, scientists wonder if warm winter is the new normal

Mild winters will lengthen the growing season but also constrain amount of usable water while increasing potential for losses caused by fires.

Natural gas industry launching plan to expand presence in region

Portland-based Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance devises $18.3 million, five-year plan to promote efficient use of natural gas.

Cylvia Hayes sues Oregonian to block release of emails

The former governor's fiancee disputes public records request made by state's largest newspaper; Oracle mulls suing Kitzhaber and his top aide.

Administration officials: Large wildfires should be treated as natural disasters

During a Senate hearing, federal officials said easy access to funding to mitigate the damage done by large fires is essential.

Portland mayor, representative propose measures in response to legal weed

Charlie Hales asks for $440,000 for a permitting program; Rep. Lew Frederick aims to alter sentences for pot offenders.

Gov. Brown intends to alter small-business regulations

The new governor said she aims to bolster rural Oregon's economy by improving regulatory climate for small businesses.